Eat & Drink

A Guide To The Best Doughnut Shops In Sydney

Weekend plans: sorted.

Doughnuts. Is there anything they can’t do?

No. There isn’t.

Hand-sized rings of delicious sugary goodness have taken over Sydney. Every other café has shelves of these babies displayed behind misty glass cases, so we’ve put together a list of the best deep-fried delights around town.

Whether you like them glazed or filled with jam, whether you spell it “doughnut” or “donut” (apparently “doughnut” is more widely accepted – see here to settle that grammar debate), you’ll find it at one of these doughnut shops in Sydney.

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Kürtősh

Kürtősh (from the Hungarian Kürtőskalács) is the name for a chimney cake – a pastry made from dough applied to a spit and rotated on an open fire or rotisserie-style oven. Just choose how much you want to eat and pay by weight. This applies to all food in the store but if you’re doughnut-crazed then the eponymous treat will suffice.

We recommend spending a bit of time watching the Kürtősh chefs make these doughnuts too. It’s amazing how much one can do with so little dough! And the taste? It’s light and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness. Chim chim cheree!

Where: Kürtősh House No. 1, 20B-20C St Pauls Street, Randwick

Full store listing here.

Photo: Kurtosh

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Tella Balls

From the guys that brought you those epic milkshakes comes Sydney’s first ever Nutella-themed dessert bar: Tella Balls (stop giggling plz). Simon Kappatos and Aki Daikos opened up the new establishment a couple of months ago and it’s been a massive hit. The store itself is an eight-year-old’s dream come true. There are borderline excessive amounts of Nutella in everything, shards of chocolate bars sprinkled over ice-cream, and syrup-y condiments waterfalling over cakes.

Among these indulgent items, the Tella Balls themselves are in high demand – so high, in fact, that they are the only things made off-site. Coated with sugar and exploding with Nutella, these goodies are well worth the sticky fingers, Nutella-on-face moments and sugar high.

Where: Tella Balls, 372 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill

Photo: Tella balls dessert bar / Facebook

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Grumpy Donuts

Despite the curmudgeonly name, Grumpy Donuts make you anything but grumpy. These doughnuts are little round works of art: simple, minimalist and with the perfect ratio of doughnut to icing. And each is named with exactly what it is: Oreo Vanilla, Choc Chip Cookie Dough, Maple Brown Sugar, etc. It’s a no-bullshit approach to doughnut manufacturing.

While these anything-but-grumpy confections were once only stocked through selected cafés, you can now get them at the Grumpy Donuts store in Camperdown or you can order online. It’s now much simpler to sink your teeth into a little grumpy.

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Where: Grumpy Donuts, 72 Bridge Road, Camperdown

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Pig & Pastry

Overlooking Petersham Park is Pig & Pastry, perhaps more known for its breakfast/brunch offering, where the bacon (pig) is hero, than its freshly made assortment of pastries and cakes (pastry). However these should not be overlooked – least of all the doughnuts. The flavours change daily, but keep an eye out for the chocolate mousse and rocky road varieties.

All doughnuts ooze with a mousse, cream or jam which complements the flavouring on top. The coffee is quality and a best buddy to your doughnut.

Where: The Pig & Pastry, 1 Station St, Petersham

Photo: The Pig & Pastry Petersham / Facebook

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Brewtown

Okay, technically what Brewtown serves up is only half doughnut – it’s also half croissant – but it’s all delicious. Queuing up for Brewtown’s famous flaky cronuts is the norm, as is arriving at 3pm and walking out immediately, deflated because they’ve run out.

Flavours range from the expected cinnamon, jam-filled and glazed to the more adventurous lamington and chocolate custard. Try any of them – they’re all good.

Where: Brewtown Newtown, 6–8 O’Connell St, Newtown

You can also find Brewtown outlets in Surry Hills and Cammeray.

Photo: Brewtown / Facebook